EVIDENCE : A Public Catalog of Urban Divides



In which we catalog the different spatial configurations of sites of material extraction (specifically mineral and elemental) and, through abstraction, reveal how each configuration corresponds to the physical properties of the mineral/element, its role in current modes of production as well as its intended use.

We start at the largest scale, that of the extra‐urban. Sites of extraction that are as large as the landscape itself. By using USGS National Elevation Data (NED) and scripting tools such as Grasshopper, it is possible to generate renderings of these uncanny landscapes with an accuracy of within 10 ft resolution. By removing the surface, itself and rendering the landscape with only lines projected obliquely, we abstract these places into pure spatial configurations. Allowing us to start to see that a mine is not just an excavation, it is also proportional to its surrounding mountains. Or that a dam is not just a wall, it is also the reservoir behind it and the valley in front of it.

EVIDENCE : A Public Catalog of Urban Divides

EVIDENCE is a tool for recognizing urban divides. An ever-growing catalog of photos, videos, and other media, EVIDENCE gathers together a record of how we experience spatial inequality in cities everyday. While inequality and gentrification have flooded everyday discourse, they still remain abstract. Tangible proof of how these processes impact the built environment can enable a more productive conversation and more conscientious practitioners.